Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown might well be in a new relationship with Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders, but it is clear that he still has not got over his ex after an unprovoked attack on JuJu Smith-Schuster on Sunday afternoon.
The day had began in relatively normal fashion for AB, posting an ambiguous that reeked of hypocrisy, but quickly turned nasty when the overwhelming response was not as supportive as he might have liked.
Keep your emotions off the internet— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 7, 2019
But of all the comments he received, there was one that seemed to trigger him more than most, sending him down a path that would perhaps reveal another of his reasons for wanting to leave Pittsburgh. Responding to a picture a fan tweeted at him honouring Smith-Schuster winning the Steelers 2018 MVP award, Brown failed to heed his own advice from a few hours earlier in the day when he let his emotions out all over the internet.
Emotion: boy fumbled the whole post season in the biggest game of year ! Everyone went blind to busy making guys famous not enough reality these days ! by the way check the list https://t.co/2SWWT8k0jx— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 7, 2019
An unnecessary attack that Smith-Schuster could not ignore.
Keep your emotions off the internet— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) April 7, 2019
All I ever did was show that man love and respect from the moment I got to the league. I was genuinely happy for him too when he got traded to Oakland w/ a big contract, and now he takes shots at me on social media?— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) April 7, 2019
Crazy how big that ego got to be to take shots at people who show you love! Smh— JuJu Smith-Schuster (@TeamJuJu) April 7, 2019
Brown has received an inordinate amount of support from the national media and fans of many NFL teams over his desire for a trade away from the “evil” Ben Roethlisberger and the “cruel” management style of Art Rooney II, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin, but needlessly attacking Smith-Schuster is unlikely to end well for him in the court of public opinion.
I respect his game but I can’t wait to smash this dude No need for that https://t.co/luWgSZqCOB— Justin Reid (@jreid_viii) April 7, 2019
No need for that. Showing true colors right here. No respect for this dude— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) April 7, 2019
Facts. But what AB was childish.— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) April 8, 2019
Who does that??? Lol. Times have changed bro— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) April 8, 2019
Lol. Truth always comes out big bro. Man what a childish move by him.— Eric Weddle (@weddlesbeard) April 8, 2019
Alexa, play “Why can’t we be friends?” by War pic.twitter.com/7J7LmnwHQ1— Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10) April 8, 2019
Enraged Steelers fans left Brown in no doubt who they supported and it should come as no surprise to note that many of the comments are far from safe for publication. Others were also quick to point out mistakes that AB had made that had cost Pittsburgh victory over the years. (h/t @jamesandjuju)
Lashing out at a player who has said nothing put positive things about Brown is not a good look, and at some point it has to be believed that the Raiders will be talking to their new star receiver about his unhinged outbursts towards his former team. But until that happens, it should be expected that this is not the last we have heard of AB this offseason.